Friday the 13th New Film Update

Franchises have always been connected to horror films, some of the greatest classics have had them: Halloween, Childs Play, A Nightmare on Elm Street and also Friday the 13th. Jason Voorhees has had a special place in our nightmares with his bulking figure, blood-soaked machete and hockey mask, ever since he began slicing, dicing and chopping up victims at Camp Crystal Lake. Over the years his franchise has taken him to some strange settings – including outer-space. He was also the subject of a terrible remake in 2009, as were Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street. It seemed that the writers just could not bring our terrifying antagonist back to the screen with that punch which the original films did.

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So after I heard that Sean S. Cunningham (the director of the original Friday the 13th in 1980) was back into the directing chair, I got rather excited. I was – and I’m sure many other fans were too – hoping that we were going to get our old school Jason back in a film which would be worthy of his franchise.

Sadly – although this is just my opinion – that is not the case, as the film-makers are thinking around the idea of using the found-footage idea for Friday the 13th. That’s right you heard me correctly…FOUND FOOTAGE!

I love hand-held camera films, but this is a slasher, and one of horrors classics which works so well because we are able to see everything going on in the scene. I really don’t know how they expect this to work, all the greatest aspects of Friday the 13 are that we can see Jason, his victims, the settings and then their mutilated corpses after he has killed them.

Just to infuriate any fans out there even more, if you count how many films there have been in the franchise; Friday the 13th Parts 1-8, Friday the 13th 9: Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X, Freddy vs Jason and the 2009 reboot, you will probably notice that this is the thirteenth film in the franchise. Surely this should mean that an incredible plot and movie is required, not a completely different type of film.

There are talks about a TV show in the works called ‘The Crystal Lake Chronicles’, which will hopefully do the old Jason justice. In the mean time they will hopefully reconsider this terrible option for the 13th movie.

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The Walking Dead Renewed for 5th Season

Ever since The Walking Dead was adapted on to the screen from graphic novels in 2010 it has been constantly gaining viewers with each season. So it has come as no surprise that the series has been renewed for a fifth season – before season 4 has even finished being broadcast.

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The main reason for this is probably because The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on television at the moment; due to its likeable and diverse characters who are portrayed by numerous great actors. The story lines have got better, the settings have got bigger and let’s face it the zombies are just incredible now. All this has amounted to a world now obsessed with the show, even those who aren’t fans of the comic books, or zombies in general.

According to ‘AMC’ – the channel which broadcasts the show – it is the most popular television show for viewers aged 18-49, and, as Charlie Collier the AMC President said, it “broke viewer-ship records for the series and become the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.”

Reading of this news has excited me, and I think that I can speak for all the fans out there when I say…please renew it for a sixth season.

Information accessed from:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/the-walking-dead-renewed_n_4174448.html

 

Shocking Saturday: Snuff-Movie

This weeks Shocking Saturday is a film which I wished would’ve had a lot more to it; it’s not that this movie was all round terrible, it just offered much more than it gave. I was hoping for a shocking exploitation film, with buckets of gore and perhaps a gripping story line – although since ‘A Serbian Film‘ I highly doubt many films will come close to giving me that same sickening feeling – unfortunately Snuff-Movie did not deliver.

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The film revolves around a horror director named Boris Arkadin, who is making his first film since his pregnant wife and crew were murdered at his mansion many years ago, a crime which he blames his own films for – now he is back and wants to make a horror movie like no other. Without knowing the official plot, the actors enter Arkadin’s mansion that is rigged with hundreds of cameras which are streaming live to the internet. At this point I was getting rather intrigued as it felt a lot like the story line from the films ‘Feardotcom’ and ‘Untraceable’, which I thought were excellent. As the cameras begin to roll it seems as if Arkadin really does want to create a horror film like no other; the actors start to become too intertwined with their roles and wonder if they have signed on for something much more sinister than what they were led to believe.

Snuff-Movie had so much potential to be a great horror film, especially with the title of the film you would expect something of a horrific nature, but although when there is gore it is top-notch, that can’t make up for the confusing plot and ending. Don’t get me wrong, I love a thought-provoking film, but this seems to be muddled up just for the sake of it, and the intentions of the main antagonist are never really explained. The reasons for his actions are crammed in at the film’s climax, right before an end scene jumbles everything up even more, which leaves us with even more unanswered questions.

The talents of the main actors differ in my opinion, the portrayal of Boris Arkadin by Jeroen Krabbe, could quite possibly the finest part about this film, as he constantly has us change our feelings towards him. From sympathetic to empathetic to fear, he makes us see him in a different light with a snap of his fingers. However it is his performance which carries the film, as for the other actors this seems to be their first big film they have worked on due to their, at some points, terribly spoken lines which fail to make the viewer feel their emotions.

Quite a disappointment from, Bernard Rose, director of the great horror flick Candyman, I really expected more from a horror great such as him. I can’t crap all over the film though; yes it didn’t really develop an official plot or the characters (apart from Arkadin), but for a late night watch it worked fine. It just needed to give a little more than what it did.

At least it wasn’t as bad as Paranormal Activity 4.

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